Western Pride NPL coach Graham Harvey.
Western Pride NPL coach Graham Harvey. Rob Williams

Pride coach blames himself for tactical error

IT'S not only players improving their skills and learning from their mistakes in the NPL.

Coaches like Western Pride's Graham Harvey are also honing their craft in the state football competition.

After his team's latest 6-2 defeat to Gold Coast City on Saturday night, Harvey blamed himself for the late goal blowout.

"It was a good lesson for the boys, a good lesson for me,'' Harvey said.

"The last few minutes I made a tactical change and tried to gamble. It opened the floodgates.

"The scoreline doesn't reflect favourably on me.''

In his first full season as Pride head coach, Harvey was upset at himself after watching Gold Coast's Jarrod Kyle score a hat-trick.

"They (Gold Coast) were a bit older, a bit wiser, a bit more experienced but I thought in the first half both sides created enough chances to win probably three games there,'' he said.

"It was my fault in the second half with the changes we made.

"I probably didn't give the boys the best opportunity.''

Although Gold Coast's giant goalkeeper Shane Vitakangas denied Pride several times, Harvey praised his team's custodian Duncan Short for also making some terrific saves.

"The first half was probably the worst defending I've ever seen in the NPL level from both clubs,'' he said.

"It was disgraceful to be honest.

"Every time both sides went forward I thought they were going to score so it could have been 8-all at halftime.

"I thought both keepers probably earned their money tonight.''

Pride's third match of the new season is also at home - against Far North Queensland at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.

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